The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) Raises Close to $850,000 Dollars at Annual Boston Hot Pink Party Fundraiser
Boston Philanthropists Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch Presented With the Foundation’s 2013 Boston Humanitarian Award
Boston, Mass., May 9, 2013 – On Wednesday, May 8, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Boston Hot Pink Party fundraiser at the InterContinental raised close to $850,000—funds that will be directed toward medical research scientists based at New England-area institutions. This year’s event, themed “Feathers, Glitz & Glam,” was co-emceed by Kelley Tuthill of WCVB-TV/DT, Channel5, and Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville, both of whom spoke with eloquence and passion about the critical, lifesaving advancements that BCRF-funded researchers in Boston are enabling. During the course of the evening, Boston philanthropists Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch were honored with the 2013 Boston Humanitarian Award for their ongoing commitment to supporting medical research, educational, and cultural programs throughout Massachusetts.
“As a breast cancer survivor, it is a privilege for me to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and honor Carolyn and Peter Lynch, truly philanthropic heroes in our community,” said Kelley Tuthill. “Their leadership inspires so many to support BCRF in funding the grants awarded to the physicians and scientists who are working tirelessly to find a cure for this disease. BCRF was a tremendous support to me during my treatment and recovery and continues to be so today to countless women here in Boston and across the world. I’m confident their efforts will ensure our daughters will enjoy a future without breast cancer.”
Directly following the Humanitarian Award presentation, Tuthill and Norville joined guests as they “dusted off their dancing shoes for a glitzy glam dance party” featuring entertainment by Boston-born hip-hop artist and rising star, Shea Rose. A recent Berklee School of Music graduate, Rose paid special tribute to BCRF’s late founder, Evelyn Lauder, in acknowledging her passion, inspiration and drive to change the world for the better.
Some of the notable guests in attendance included: New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, former football star Joe Andruzzi, Nancy and Rick Kelleher, television reporters Janet Wu and Tonya Mezrich, and Paqui Kelly, founder of the Kelly Cares Foundation and wife of head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, Brian Kelly.
Since BCRF hosted its inaugural Boston Hot Pink Party in 2005, led by the efforts of Boston residents Sandra Krakoff and Judith Schlager, New England has become the geographical area with the highest concentration of BCRF grantees. “Due to the stellar institutions and scientific research taking place in Boston, this is the city where BCRF makes the most investments: our cumulative investment here is nearly $41.8 million,” said Myra Biblowit, President of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to over 500 attendees. “The local talent here is truly extraordinary.” Last year, BCRF named Boston a “million-dollar-city”—an esteemed title that reflects the dedicated fundraising efforts led by Boston residents in support of the Foundation’s mission to achieve prevention and cure for breast cancer through innovative clinical and translational research.
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